Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   In his 25 years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (15 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's Next Generation Project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and five cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the decades with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Sacramento-area mentees done in collaboration with Capital Public Radio:

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Two Eugene schools were bestowed towering, hand-carved totem poles yesterday, by the 4J NATIVES program. 

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“Making art from heartache” could be one way to describe a sculpture project that uses salvaged metal from the Holiday Farm Fire. The finished piece will honor the fortitude of McKenzie River Corridor residents.

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As the pandemic continues, so do scams. The newest twist involves pandemic puppies (or kittens.)

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A Florence restaurant that continued to potentially expose employees to COVID-19 has been fined nearly $18,000.

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The nation’s first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) report issued by a U.S. Attorney’s Office came out last week.  But comprehensive data -including that for Oregon - is still an issue.

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The last five and a half months have been a struggle for residents of the McKenzie River Corridor. After the Holiday Farm Fire ravaged the area, winter brought floods, mudslides, and collapsing trees. But this weekend, three organizations converged on the town of Blue River, to give a helping hand.

A petition drive to keep a Native American-themed mascot for Roseburg High School is underway. 


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A Eugene-based mobile crisis intervention service could be replicated in other cities and funded by Medicaid, under a bill penned by Oregon Democrats.


A Native American tribe based in Coos Bay says it’s been going strong on vaccinating its members – and others - against COVID-19.

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A Black resident in Eugene’s River Road area is grateful for the support he’s received after his car was vandalized with a racist slur.

Warning: This story may be disturbing to some listeners.

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A worker’s strike at a Springfield memory care facility launched today.  Employees are demanding increased staffing, training, and wages.

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Grant money is helping maintain relief and recovery efforts for the 2020 Oregon wildfires.  The United Way of Lane County is one of the latest beneficiaries.

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Like many industries, Oregon’s wineries have taken an economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. But one owner isn’t crying sour grapes.

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A compilation of KLCC news reports, newscasts, and features from 2020.

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An Oregon Democrat says Donald Trump’s following has put Republican lawmakers in a difficult position, as they weigh his role in inciting an insurrectionist riot.

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The official website for the Lane County government is now restored, following an outage that began last Thursday.


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Eugene’s skyline has a flashy new feature as of tonight.  At 6:00pm, a few dozen people gathered near the new Gordon Hotel as its large rooftop sign was ceremoniously turned on. 

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Employees at a Springfield memory care facility say they’re going on strike, after management refused to recognize their union.

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Lane County’s official website is unavailable for the indeterminable future.  It went down around 1:00pm Thursday.

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It’s been almost five months now since the Holiday Farm Fire blazed through the McKenzie River Corridor. It destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in communities like Blue River and Vida.

KLCC talked to Lane County’s long-term recovery manager for the incident, Matt McRae, on the current state of the fire-ravaged area.

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After 11 weeks, Eugene’s YMCA re-opened today, under new pandemic protocols.

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McKenzie River Corridor residents displaced by last year’s Holiday Farm Fire have some new housing options available starting today.

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Lane County authorities say a missing Eugene man has been found dead, after his car apparently went off the road. 

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Native American tribes across Oregon are seeing enhanced broadband connectivity, thanks to federal assistance.  The timing benefits operations hurt by the pandemic.

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The fight against COVID-19 is stronger under the Biden Administration, says U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio. The Oregon Democrat said more needs to be done to get the nation back on its feet, however.

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Hayward Field at the University of Oregon was renovated beginning in 2018.  Now parts of its history live on through salvaged remnants.

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Nearly four months after the Holiday Farm Fire blazed through the McKenzie River Corridor, a telecommunications company says it’s restored phone, internet, and television services for customers.

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A discount for phone or high-speed internet service has been extended for qualifying Oregonians.

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Last year’s wildfire victims have expanded housing assistance, following FEMA’s approval of Lane County’s request for a direct housing mission.

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Scammers are riling up local residents by claiming to be with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, and that the victim is facing arrest for skipping jury duty.